An epic poem about the tragic Roman civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompeius (Pompey), which also figuratively chronicles Lucan's own realization that his good friend, patron, and new emperor, Nero, has become a danger to his people. The poem ends prematurely, because Lucan was executed for plotting to overthrow Nero. Immensely influential to Western civilization and a true classic, though sadly forgotten over the last hundred years (when folks should have read it).
Date 2006-07-10Source Pharsalia by Lucan, tr. by Sir Edward Ridley, 1896.Run time 9 hrs. 30 min.
Translated by Sir Edward Ridley.